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Archaic Roman Religion, Volume 2

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When St. Paul and St. Peter reached Rome they encountered a state-sponsored religion that had been established for centuries. Amid the shrines and temples of Rome, the Romans sought to preserve and strengthen a religion especially suited to the ambitious city. But Roman religion had also proved permeable to many influences, from Greece, Egypt, Persia, and other parts of ...more
Paperback, 321 pages
Published November 20th 1996 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published 1974)
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Joe
Apr 15, 2009 Joe rated it really liked it
This review is for both volumes together.

I think this was written for a more academic audience than me, though my interest in the subject, especially as explained using comparative Indo-European linguistics, made it a fascinating read.

Though the text is translated, a lot of the notes aren't, and my limited French, German, and Latin hampered my understanding of parts of the book.

Also, I'm still skeptical of Dumézil's trifunctional hypothesis, which divides Indo-European cultures into priests, war
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